Friday, August 9, 2013

RNC: Day 2

This conference isn't exactly what I was expecting, but that's not a bad thing. I've been to a few conferences before, but those have all been what are referred to as 'readers' conferences. What that means is that most of the guests at the conference are readers rather than authors. RNC, has been the opposite. This conference has been mainly focused on authors and classes focused on helping authors become better at their craft, marketing, and even financial issues.

Even though it wasn't what I was expecting, that doesn't mean that I'm not enjoying it.


On the second day of RNC I was able to take two of the classes offered. The first one was all about cover design and how to pick the right cover for not only your book, but your genre as well. It was very informative. I wish I could have taken a class like it when I started publishing.

The second class was on Facebook and how to use it effectively as an author. I took some tips away that I hope to implement once I get back home.

Fox 5

Classes went on for most of the day, but I wasn't able to go to more because I had an interview at Fox 5 here in Las Vegas. I was lucky enough that a member of my street team, who lives here in Las Vegas, was able to drive me to the studio.

This was my first visit to a television studio, so I had no idea what to expect.

When I arrived, they made us wait in the lobby until someone could come and escort me back. I met with Cynthia, and she led me through the office to a small sitting room. There was some pre-interview talk about the conference and my books, and then she left the room and a young woman came in with a camera.

The interview went well, and everyone was extremely nice. As I was leaving, Cynthia insisted that I take an extra bottle of water with me. Vegas is extremely hot and dry, so its easy to dehydrate.

When I arrived back at the hotel, I had every intention of dropping off some stuff in my room, and then going to the restaurant to have lunch by myself. On my way downstairs, however, I ran into another author. We struck up a conversation, and she mentioned that she was on her way to the bar to meet some other authors, and that at least one of them was going to be ordering food as well since she'd not eaten lunch. I decided to join them, and we had a fun time chatting about the conference, writing, and some of the difficulties that come along with being an author.

Afterward, I joined two of those authors, C.J. Ellisson and Hildie McQueen, upstairs on the conference floor for a social. There wasn't a lot of us there, but we had a great time chatting. I met one of the few readers here at the conference, and we loaded her up with swag. LOL.

The Ball

Each night here at RNC there is some sort of group event. Last night it a costume ball. Some people dressed up, some didn't, but it was a fun time.

They started off the party with a wedding ceremony. Yep. A real wedding. A romance author and her fiancé tied the night to kick off last night's event. Jimmy Thomas, the organizer of RNC, officiated dressed up as an indian. It was a short ceremony, but cute as well. It is certainly unique, and something that the couple will never forget.

At the party, I hung out with fellow author Holly Roberts. We joined in on some dancing, and then spent the latter part of the evening outside of the main area talking. She knows my beta, and we had some very conversations that included said beta.

Day 3 is another day full of classes, and I'm hoping to be able to attend a few more than I did on Day 2.

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